Two weeks ago Bill Moggridge died. He was a British designer and director of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. In 1979 he designed what is widely regarded as the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. This was the first portable computer with a display that closed over the keyboard. It retailed at $8,150 and flew on board every Space Shuttle mission from 1983 to 1997.